A group of researchers at the Lebanese University (LU) and the University of Lille in France established a global database “LABiocin” specialized in peptides or bacteriocins produced by lactic acid bacteria.
The leading scientific achievement required the joint efforts and cooperation of researchers in the Microbiology, Health and Environment Laboratory (LMSE) of the LU Doctoral School of Science & Technology (DSST) and the Faculty of Public Health supervised by Prof. Monzer Hamza, the Laboratory of Informatics and their Application (LIA) of the LU DSST and the Faculty of Business Administration supervised by Prof. Ahmed Chahine, and the National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) of the University of Lille in France supervised by Prof. Noureddine Chehayeb.
Since scientific research is one of the most important basic functions of universities, the LU prioritizes the support of research teams and allocate the necessary funds in order to meet their needs in terms of laboratory and scientific equipment. In what follows, we refer to a number of studies in which the LU has participated in recent months and were published in peer-reviewed journals:
In a Lebanese-French-international collaboration, the first national study with advanced molecular tools for the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria among Lebanese citizens and residents was completed with the identification of sensitive and drug-resistant strains. The study revealed the first three cases of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Lebanon, as confirmed by WHO laboratories in Italy.
The study was part of a joint PhD between the Doctoral School of Science and Technology (DSST) at the Lebanese University, the Laboratory of Microbiology of Health and Environment at the Lebanese University, the Azm Center for Research in Biotechnology, and the Lille Infection and Immunology Centre (CIIL) at the Pasteur Institute in France. It was conducted in collaboration with various local and international health bodies, such as the National Tuberculosis Program of the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The WHO agreed to include the National Center for Pharmacovigilance, which is part of the Center, in its global network system.
“Toxicology Reports” published a scientific article prepared by a group of researchers from the Food & Water Analysis Department at the Faculty of Public Health and the PRASE - Platform for Research and Analysis in Environmental Sciences laboratory of the Doctoral School of Science & Technology (DSST), in cooperation with “Licimed Laboratory” of the University of Nantes in France.
For the first time in Lebanon, the published research deals with determining the quantities of aluminum in food and assessing its consumption in our daily food intake. The research also comes after several international studies that indicated that the accumulation of aluminum in our body causes Alzheimer, Parkinson, autism, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and lack of iron and vitamin D, in addition to some bone diseases and their effects on birth defects and pregnancy.
“Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome” published a scientific article prepared by a team of researchers from the Lebanese University - Faculty of Public Health. The LU funded study aimed at evaluating a statistical model called “Model FINDRISC” to identify individuals at risk of developing undiagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus or those at risk of metabolic syndrome.
“Food & Chemical Toxicology” and “Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis” published two scientific articles by LU researchers who work within the team of the Water and Food Analysis Laboratory at the Faculty of Public Health and the Laboratory for Analysis of Organic Compounds at the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission of the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon (CNRS), in cooperation with the Laboratory of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment at the University of Teramo, in Italy.
The first research proposes a new analytical method in accordance with modern European standards to determine the number of hormones in the muscle of cows, while the second research deals with expanding the control of hormonal use by verifying the effectiveness of the analytical method to discover them in other organs such as liver, kidneys, gallbladder and hair.